Books: Dead Souls Live Again

U.S.S.R.: THE CORRUPT SOCIETY by Konstantin Simis Simon & Schuster; 316 pages; $14.95

The scene is Kuibyshev, a Russian industrial city on the Volga. Enter stage left the Soviet version of Gogol's greedy Inspector General. The inspector is put up in a luxurious little hotel on the picturesque banks of the Volga, especially built for the pleasure of inspectors and other snoopy officials from Moscow. It stands in a gracious park surrounded by a barbed-wire-topped fence and guarded by burly professional wrestlers. The hotel staff includes a cook who serves up the local...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!